Australasia

Rein in the executive: let the people, via Parliament, decide whether we go to war

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Rein in the executive: let the people, via Parliament, decide whether we go to war Julian Cribb The Canberra Times Australia may soon be sucked into a new war. Possibly more than one war. And Australians will again have no say in the matter. In two months, United States President Donald Trump has launched military actions in Syria, Afghanistan and Yemen, turned up the heat on North Korea and… Rein in the… Read More »

The decision to only fund disadvantaged volunteering projects threatens viability of vital support services

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IMAGINE a world without volunteers. What would that mean for the thousands of organisations, the communities, the individuals and their families that 5.8 million Australians freely give their time and talent to? Evelyn O’Loughlin The Advertiser What would it mean to the volunteers themselves? Individuals choose to volunteer for many different reasons – for some it provides an… Evelyn O’Loughlin: The… Read More »

Ex-Labor leader Mark Latham joins Liberal

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It’s the political move that stunned even the closest Canberra-watchers. Mark Hawthorne The Age With AAP On the eve of the federal budget, former ALP leader Mark Latham has announced he is joining the Liberal Democratic Party, headed by David Leyonhjelm. Mr Latham – who led Labor to defeat against former Liberal prime minister John Howard in the… Ex-Labor leader Mark… Read More »

José Ramos-Horta calls on Australia to abandon ‘unsubstantiated’ claim in Timor Sea

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Former Timor-Leste president warns government not to harm relations by pushing to extend borders to control the Greater Sunrise oil field Naaman Zhou The Guardian The former Timor-Leste president José Ramos-Horta has told the Australian government to abandon its “unsubstantiated” legal case to extend its borders into the… Speaking at a Labor party-hosted event in… José Ramos-Horta… Read More »

Holocaust denial flyers distributed around University of Queensland widely condemned

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The University of Queensland, their student union and the chairman of the Anti-Defamation Commission have all condemned Holocaust denial flyers that have been distributed on… Rachel Clun Brisbane Times It is understood the flyers, which have also shown up at universities in Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney, have been pinned to noticeboards and put on… Dr Melanie O’Brien, an… Holocaust denial flyers… Read More »

What happens when scientists stand up for science

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The 2017 March for Science was a powerful political statement by scientists. Brian Martin  The Conversation The marchers opposed political interference, budget cuts and lack of support for science at a government level. More commonly, though, scientists stay in their labs and avoid the public political spotlight. CSIRO scientist John Church – who initially acted as an individual (not a… What happens when… Read More »

Australia’s grand mufti wins defamation case over News Corp articles

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Media group consents to judgment as part of settlement with Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohamed, after paper said he had not condemned Paris attacks Christopher Knaus The Guardian Australia’s grand mufti has won a defamation case over News Corp articles depicting him as an “unwise” monkey and asserting he had failed to condemn the 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris. News Corp consented to the judgment as part of a confidential… Australia’s grand mufti… Read More »

Jose Ramos-Horta warns gas dispute with Australia risks pushing East Timor closer to China

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East Timor’s former president Jose Ramos-Horta has issued a blunt warning to Australia that the gas dispute between the two countries risks pushing Timor closer to China. ABC Australia and East Timor have been locked in a messy dispute that has included allegations of Australia spying on its poorer neighbour during negotiations for an oil field in the Timor Sea, worth an estimated $40… Jose Ramos-Horta… Read More »

‘Keep at it, it’s great’: Turnbull praises Trump for major step in dismantling Obamacare

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‘ Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has praised President Donald Trump for winning a vote that marks a major step towards dismantling Obamacare. 9news © Nine Digital Pty Ltd 2017 Mr Turnbull began his remarks at a commemoration dinner marking the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea by congratulating the president on his bid to roll back Barack… “Well done, congratulations,” Mr Turnbull… ‘Keep at it… Read More »

‘A government without newspapers’: why everyone should care about the cuts at Fairfax

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The basis of our governments being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter. Johan Lidberg The Conversation This is an oft-used quote by one of the Founding Fathers and the third US president, Thomas Jefferson. He penned it… A government without… Read More »

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian wants overhaul of COAG, says bigger states are ‘held hostage’

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New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian will call for a radical rethink of federal-state relations and the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) process during a National Press Club address in… By state political reporter Sarah Gerathy ABC Ms Berejiklian wants fewer items on the COAG agenda and is pushing for states that pursue reforms to be given more freedom on… The Premier will tell the event that the… NSW Premier Gladys… Read More »

Police officer suicide: it’s not just about workplace stress, but culture too

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­ The inquest into the tragic death of former New South Wales police detective Ashley Bryant highlights the issue of suicide among police officers. Karl Roberts The Conversation Central to the inquest has been considerations of how Bryant was treated by the police force and what – if anything – could have been done to prevent his death. So, it is perhaps timely to consider the issue of police officer suicide, what… Police officer suicide… Read More »

Dutton’s powers unchecked and unjust, former Liberal immigration minister

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Ian Macphee calls for Peter Dutton’s powers to be reined in and for bills to expand them further to be stopped Helen Davidson The Guardian Peter Dutton has sweeping and unchecked powers that are beyond the review of courts, are unjust and “un-Australian” and must be wound back, a… The comments, by the former Fraser-era immigration minister Ian Macphee, come in a report that has examined the discretionary powers of immigration ministers and… Dutton’s powers unchecked… Read More »

Aborigines seek compensation from Australian police for racism in landmark £23 million case

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Several hundred Aborigines on a remote island in Australia are seeking compensation for the racist actions of the police in a landmark £23 million class action that has been likened to Germany’s reparations to… Jonathan Pearlman The Telegraph In an unusual move, Australia’s Federal Court has given notice to… The notice says any Aboriginal person living on the… Aborigines seek compensation… Read More »

Outgoing human rights commissioner Gillian Triggs wins freedom of speech award

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Triggs named 2017 recipient of the Voltaire award as her five-year contract comes to an… Calla Wahlquist The Guardian Gillian Triggs will receive a top award for freedom of speech one week before her five-year contract as Australian human rights commissioner… Triggs, who has been consistently criticised by the Abbott and Turnbull governments for her condemnation of… Outgoing human rights… Read More »

Modern Confidential: Digital Privacy Today

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The notion of personal privacy in a digital society may be out of date. The Wheeler Centre While many of us say we still want it, we willingly share our data – and dislike paying to protect it. Governments and online businesses covet our personal information. Modern Confidential: Digital… Presented in partnership with Liberty Victoria, and the City of Melbourne as part of Knowledge Week. Read More »